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Hillary Clinton Hires Google Executive as Tech Chief

Stephanie Hannon served as Google's director of product management for civic innovation and social impact.

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Likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has hired a Google executive to serve as her chief technology officer, a person familiar with the campaign’s planning said on Wednesday.

Clinton hired Stephanie Hannon, Google’s director of product management for civic innovation and social impact, to run her technology operations, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Clinton, the former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady, is widely seen as the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for president even though she has not formally announced her candidacy. She is expected to do so this month and has signed a lease for a Brooklyn, N.Y., office building to house her campaign.

Likely presidential candidates from both parties are hiring digital advisers who can help them build websites and apps to interact with voters and try new fundraising techniques.

Hannon previously worked on Google Maps and Gmail and worked shorter stints at Facebook and event organizing site Eventbrite, according to her LinkedIn profile.

A Google spokesman did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

The Washington Post first reported the hire.

(Reporting by Emily Stephenson)

This article originally appeared on Recode.net.